“Chelsea Manning attempted to take her own life. She was taken to a hospital and is currently recovering,” her legal team said in a statement Wednesday. Alexandria, Virginia, Sheriff Dana Lawhorne confirmed that there was an incident at the Alexandria jail involving Manning, but did not provide additional details.
“Manning has previously indicated that she will not betray her principles, even at risk of grave harm to herself,” her legal team said, adding, “Her actions today evidence the strength of her convictions, as well as the profound harm she continues to suffer as a result of her ‘civil’ confinement.”
She is scheduled on Friday to appear for a hearing on a motion to terminate the contempt sanctions from her refusal.
She is also being fined $1,000 a day, which, according to her lawyers, has reached nearly half a million dollars.
Manning “remains unwavering in her refusal to participate in a secret grand jury process that she sees as highly susceptible to abuse,” her legal team said Wednesday.
Manning was convicted in 2013 for leaking millions of State Department cables and a classified video of a US helicopter firing on civilians and journalists in Iraq in 2007 to WikiLeaks.